HDD Makes Clicking static noise?

Dell / Dimension 4700...
January 1, 2010 at 07:51:43
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.992 GHz / 2046 MB
i get a clicking noise that some times
increases to level of static. With some
programs clicking increases. Restarting PC
stops clicking for awhile
1 it's not my speakers (because i disconected
them & I still hear click on headphones)
2. even when I turn all volume controls off I still
hear clicking
3 I uninstalled & reinstalled my sound cards
software still clicks
4 it's not a mechanical noise you have to have speakers or headphones on to hear clicking noise
I have "Trend Micro Internet Security which
scans PC everyday
PC info--
Manufacturer: Dell inc.
Model: Dimension 4700
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Servie Pack 3
CPU/Ram: 2.992 GHz / 2046 MB
Video Card: RADEON X300/X550 Series
Sound Card: Creative Audigy Audio Processor
(WDM)
my PC is about 3 years old

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#1
January 1, 2010 at 10:12:30
It sounds like the HDD is dying. Make sure you have a backup of all your files, just in case it completely stops working.

LIR


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#2
January 1, 2010 at 10:50:14
Download the drive fitness utility form the manufacturer of your hard drive and run it. Keep in mind there could be a warranty in place but replacement is slow.

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#3
January 1, 2010 at 16:44:29
"2. even when I turn all volume controls off I still
hear clicking
3 I uninstalled & reinstalled my sound cards
software still clicks
4 it's not a mechanical noise you have to have speakers or headphones on to hear clicking noise"

I'm a bit confused, do you need your sound on to hear the clicking or not?


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#4
January 1, 2010 at 17:22:19
The link below may be of some help. Recorded sounds of various HDD failures by Manufacturer.

http://datacent.com/hard_drive_soun...

I suspect your HDD is failing Fast. Backup all your data ASAP.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#5
January 1, 2010 at 18:05:13
"2. even when I turn all volume controls off I still
hear clicking
3 I uninstalled & reinstalled my sound cards
software still clicks
4 it's not a mechanical noise you have to have speakers or
headphones on to hear clicking noise"
I'm a bit confused, do you need your sound on to hear the
clicking or not?
NO--> "2. even when I turn all volume controls off I still
hear clicking"

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#6
January 1, 2010 at 18:06:33
I don't know what this is but if you can only hear it through speakers or headphones (even with volume turned down) then it doesn't sound like HD trouble to me. If the HD is failing I would expect mechanical noises from within the vicinity of the HD drive.

It could be some issue with the soundcard itself.

I have run into background noise which can be reduced to almost nothing by turning the software volume up high and the speaker rotary volume control down (or even vice versa). This can improve the signal to noise ratio, depending upon where the noise happens to be injecting. You might then need an in-line headphones volume control.

some other bloke...


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#7
January 1, 2010 at 18:11:45
I have also found that faulty Ram can cause noises from moving your mouse around or when the computer is processing some data (obviously inside Windows only)

You could run a Memtest scan on your Ram
The latest Memtest BootCd can be downloaded here: Memtest ISO Download:: http://www.memtest.org/download/4.0...
Or look here for any updates to Memtest: http://www.memtest.org/#downiso


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